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Sizwe's Test: A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic

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Publisher Comments:

At the age of twenty-nine, Sizwe Magadla is among the most handsome, well-educated, and richest of the men in his poverty-stricken village. Dr. Hermann Reuter, a son of old South West African stock, wants to show the world that if you provide decent treatment, people will come and get it, no matter their circumstances.

Sizwe and Hermann live at the epicenter of the greatest plague of our times, the African AIDS epidemic. In South Africa alone, nearly 6 million people in a population of 46 million are HIV-positive. Already, Sizwe has watched several neighbors grow ill and die, yet he himself has pushed AIDS to the margins of his life and associates it obliquely with other people's envy, with comeuppance, and with misfortune.

When Hermann Reuter establishes an antiretroviral treatment program in Sizwe's district and Sizwe discovers that close family members have the virus, the antagonism between these two figures from very different worlds — one afraid that people will turn their backs on medical care, the other fearful of the advent of a world in which respect for traditional ways has been lost and privacy has been obliterated — mirrors a continent-wide battle against an epidemic that has corrupted souls as much as bodies.

A heartbreaking tale of shame and pride, sex and death, and a continent's battle with its demons, Steinberg's searing account is a tour-de-force of literary journalism.

Review:

In the midst of an epidemic, surely you would want to know whether you carry the virus responsible for spreading the disease. Or would you? If the illness were lurking at the intersection of sex and death, perhaps you'd reconsider. If you risked ostracism from your family and community, maybe you'd think again.

"I cannot test," says the central character in "Sizwe's Test," a riveting... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

About the Author

Jonny Steinberg was born and bred in South Africa. His previous two books, Midlands (2002) and The Number (2004) both won South Africa's premier nonfiction literary award, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Prize. Steinberg was educated at Wits University in Johannesburg, and at Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has worked as a journalist at a national daily, written scripts for television drama, and has been a consultant to the South African government on criminal justice policy. He is currently writing a book about immigrants in New York.

Table of Contents

A Note on Terminology and Names

List of Illustrations

Preface

PART ONE

Sizwe

Ithanga

Sizwe and Jake

Testing Day

His Father's Child

A Mother's Boys

Igqira

A Grandson

A Gangster

Another Shop

Thandeka

PART TWO

Garden and Home

Magic Pills

On the Outer Edge

The Fence Around AIDS

Kate Marrandi

AIDS Needle

Voting Day

Nomvalo

Testing Day

Support Group

Ithanga's Kate

Mabalane

Nombulelo

PART THREE

Sizwe and Nwabisa

Of Oxen and Men

Progeny

Leaving

Good-Bye, Dr. Hermann

New Year

"Sizwe Magadla"

Sizwe and Hermann

Epilogue

Notes

Further Reading

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416552697
Subtitle:
A Young Man's Journey Through Africa's AIDS Epidemic
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Steinberg, Jonny
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
AIDS & HIV
Subject:
Disasters & Disaster Relief
Subject:
Diseases - AIDS & HIV
Subject:
AIDS (Disease) - South Africa
Subject:
Magadla, Sizwe - Health
Publication Date:
20080212
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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